England wicket-keeper batter Jos Buttler came to the defence of skipper, Eoin Morgan, who is going through a slump since the beginning of the last year.
Morgan has played 43 T20Is in the period since January 1, 2021, scoring 643 runs at a poor average of 17.86 and a strike rate of 116.27. Although he hasn’t played ODIs as much, the recent ducks against The Netherlands indicate worrying signs.
“There’s certainly no questioning of his position from within the camp. I can’t put into words what he’s achieved. Everyone always talks about his captaincy but you forget what a brilliant batsman he’s been for England in over 200 ODIs, that doesn’t just go away overnight. Everyone in the team is backing him,” Buttler said after the game.
Buttler led the team in the absence of Morgan in the third ODI after the latter sustained a groin injury in the lead-up to the game.
“I was disappointed for Morgs to miss out but it’s a good challenge and an honour any time you get to captain the team. I did enjoy it. It’s a different challenge, of course, trying to work that and [it’s something that] I’ve got to learn about.”
“We bowled really well today: we probably created a couple of chances at the start where maybe we could have picked up a couple more wickets there, but the way we came back and took wickets at a great time to restrict them made it a fantastic bowling display,” he added.
“I’m not Eoin, I can’t try to be him” – Jos Buttler
Buttler has experience leading teams before and he tried to implement his style as best as he could. Trying to imitate Morgan’s captaincy style wouldn’t have been the best for him, he said.
“I’d say it’s too early to have a [captaincy] style, really. I’ve got to try and be myself. I’m not Eoin, I can’t try to be him, so I’ll just have to – when I get to do it – try to be myself and be open to learning about it really,” he concluded.